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January 16, 2002

North Carolina Utilities to Pursue Green Power

A Green Power Program Advisory Committee formed last year in North Carolina has led the electric utility companies throughout the state to pursue a green power program. According to Advanced Energy, which helped form the advisory committee, the three investor-owned utilities in North Carolina have publicly declared their intentions to file for a green power program with the state's utility commission. The state's municipal utilities and electric cooperatives have also agreed to participate. A statewide program should be in place by mid-year. Advanced Energy is a non-profit energy consultancy founded by the North Carolina Utilities Commission in 1980. See the Advanced Energy Web site.

Green power also continues to advance in Washington state, where all the utilities are now required by law to offer a green power program. The latest offerings come from Avista Utilities, which serves nearly 310,000 electric customers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho, and from Clark Public Utilities in southwest Washington. Clark Public Utilities is buying so-called "green tags" from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, while Avista is buying wind power from the Stateline Wind Project that went online at year end.

See the Avista Web site and the Clark Public Utilities press release.

Utah Power's "Blue Sky" green power program is also gaining ground — Salt Lake City's Uinta Brewing Company opened its new brewery last week with the announcement that it will buy 100 percent renewable energy to power the facility. The brewery expects to purchase more than a quarter million kilowatt-hours of wind power per year. See the Utah Green Power announcement.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging more companies to buy green power through its Green Power Partnership Program. Companies that commit to buying green power will gain technical support and public recognition from EPA by joining the partnership. See the newly revised Green Power Partnership Program Web site.